The Warner Bros. Pictures Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa is set to begin filming in June, according to The Sydney Morning Herald and a tweet from New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
The sequel stars Anya Taylor-Joy as an earlier version of the character previously played by Charlize Theron.
The tweet from Berejiklian reads: “Great news the Mad Max prequel – Furiosa starring Chris Hemsworth – is being filmed right here in NSW. The biggest ever film to be made in Australia, supporting more than 850 local jobs and bringing in $350 million to the economy.”
Set for June 23, 2023, Furiosa will star Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role, alongside Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Miller penned the script and produces alongside his longtime partner, Oscar-nominated producer Doug Mitchell (Mad Max: Fury Road, Babe).
Miller and his co-writer, Nick Lathouris, came up with extensive back stories for every character in Mad Max: Fury Road, but it was Imperator Furiosa who received the most of their attention.
Questions the duo asked where was her life was like in the “Green Place,” why she was plucked from the group of woman warriors known as the Vuvalini, and how she became the hardened warrior. “It was purely a way of helping Charlize and explaining it to ourselves,” Miller said.
“For the longest time, I thought we could just use CG de-aging on Charlize, but I don’t think we’re nearly there yet,” Miller told NYT.
“Despite the valiant attempts on ‘The Irishman,’ I think there’s still an uncanny valley. Everyone is on the verge of solving it, particular Japanese video-game designers, but there’s still a pretty wide valley, I believe.”
The Fury Road prequel Furiosa is happening after the resolution of a dispute between director George Miller and Warner Bros. Miller told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Since we started Fury Road I think there’s been six different regimes at Warner Bros,” he said. “Now it’s stabilised very much and they’re able to basically pay attention coherently to the films they want to make and this is one of them.”
He explained a bit about the timeline for the film. “Whereas Fury Road essentially happened over three days and two nights, this happens over many years,” he said. ”You try to make films that are ‘uniquely familiar’.”
According to Berejiklian, this film will be, “the largest film ever to be filmed” in New South Wales, and, according to the site, will bring in at least $350 million to the state as well as 850 jobs. Furiosa will take advantage of Australia’s recently reinstated 40 percent tax break known as the producer offset.
Miller originally wanted to film a sequence back in June 2020, but the tax break wasn’t in evidence at the time. He is currently finishing up post-production on Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton.
The Mad Max: Fury Road prequel Furiosa will be the fifth installment in the franchise which was started by Miller over 40 years ago. Are you guys excited for Furiosa? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @vitalthrillscom.